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Memorable Northern Ireland moments caught in Stanley Matchett's lens

Former Belfast Telegraph snapper Stanley Matchett has been at the pinnacle of the photographic profession in Northern Ireland for more than 40 years, as his work here shows.

Matchett is still known as "the man who shot the Beatles" for his famous snaps of the Fab Four when they came to Belfast.

During an outstanding career he has photographed presidents and prime ministers, and various personalities.

An exhibition of his work, will be on show at the Alley Theatre, Strabane, until December 13.

His image of the then Father Edward Daly waving his bloodstained handkerchief on Bloody Sunday is probably the best-known picture of the massacre.

Full-size copies of the picture are also displayed in the Irish history section of several museums.

He was in London for the weddings of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, then Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

He photographed royalty, British and Irish prime ministers, government ministers and five American presidents.

His portfolio reflects four decades of major social, economic and political change, illustrating the narratives of those times with portraits, and horrors of the Troubles and the wonderful traditions of Irish life.

He's been the NI Sports Photographer of the Year three times and Northern Bank Press Photographer of the Year in the Rothmans Press Awards for Northern Ireland an awarded an MBE for services to photography in 2003.

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